Dubai’s cargo focused airport Dubai World Central (DWC) handled 987,986 tonnes in 2018 – a 1.6 per cent uplift on 2017.
The airport moved a total of 258,375 tonnes in the fourth quarter which gave the overall annual figure a boost.
DWC is gearing up for a major surge in activity in the second quarter of 2019, when the Southern Runway Refurbishment project will be underway at Dubai International (DXB).
The closure of DXB’s Southern runway from 16 April to 30 May this year will reduce the airport’s capacity making DWC an alternate to absorb affected scheduled, charter, cargo and general aviation operations.
DWC said the 45-day period will be a great opportunity for the emerging airport to showcase its newly expanded facilities that can now accommodate up to 26.5 million passengers annually.
DWC is currently served by 10 passenger airlines which operate an average of 21 weekly flights to seven international destinations. It is also home to 20 cargo operators that fly to as many as 45 cities around the world.